Saturday, May 2, 2009
Obesity and Global Warming? WTF!
According to researchers and scientists at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: overweight people are partly responsible for Global Warming as a result of their producing more carbon emissions than slim people, because they consume more food and fuel. The authors of this study (Phil Edwards and Ian Roberts) argue in a paper submitted to The International Journal of Epidemiology, "when it comes to food consumption, moving about in a heavy body is like driving around in a gas guzzler." I can't begin to express how outraged I was at this analysis. There are so many gaps within this theory that are common sense I won't even try to mention here, but I will state a couple of holes that I would like to see addressed by these two scientists: 1) If half the world's population doesn't even eat on a normal level (some starving to death with over 6 billion people on the planet) then isn't it a false premise to state that food production is a problem when there isn't even enough for everyone, and 2) If most obese people are confined to home and bed (especially in the most severe cases), and rarely even leave the house, then how do you formulate the idea that heavy people are consuming gas.
Not only is their theory flawed, but they are comparing "the needed food production and transportation use between 2 populations of only 1 billion people (The United Kingdom of the 1970's, and a normal adult population with a BMI of 24.5 km/m2 and 3.5% obese). With this LIMITED group, these scientist are making the explosive claim that the latter group helps to build the current food production and transportation emmissions of the nearly 14% of green house gases produced by the two alone. These scientist do not take into consideration the greed of most of the Western world as it continues to over consume the vast majority of the world's resources (leaving many countries throughout Africa and other parts of the Eastern world disenfranchised), nor do they account for the thousands of daily flights that move on an international level. With the populations that were chosen for this particular study it is evident that these particular scientists were specifically looking to prove their egregious theory 'by any means necessary;' a flaw of many scientists. What's next: Women are leading to Whale extinction due to overproduction and overuse of make-up products? How egregious!
Written by Bee Quiet